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French Quarter

French Quarter

Free admission
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Basics

The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while you can of course wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter.

Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour; take a haunted tour in the evening; or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a visit to another part of the city (such as the Garden District) or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$26.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great walking history tour!
Our tour guide was really enthusiastic and made our tour worth wild even though it was raining for 90% of it I still enjoyed myself because of her. She was very knowledgeable and funny. The group was small and intimate.
Zanandra_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Gabriella brings New Orleans history and architecture to life
Chad_N, Jul 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
We booked two tours while in New Orleans- Garden District and the French Quarter. The Garden District tour was just o.k., and not through Viator. The French Quarter tour was amazing (and through Viator)- our guide, Gabriella skillfully led us though a history lesson while highlighting the incredible architecture. Her knowledge combined with natural storytelling made 2 hours fly by. If you're looking for a more academic-like tour, I can't recommend her enough.
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Amazing walking tour.
Sandra_S, Jul 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
I really enjoyed learning how much history is located in the french quarter. Words I did not realise that both the French and British occupied Louisiana. Also David the tour guide was amazing
star-5
Great tour! Danny was...
Yannick_D, Aug 2022
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Great tour! Danny was extremely knowledgeable and fun tour guide. The hotel pickups around the French quarter was perfect! Amazing bus tour!
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Food that's worth the wait!!!
Tammy_T, Jun 2022
New Orleans Signature Tastes and Flavors of Mardi Gras in the French Quarter
The food was delicious. It took a minute to get to our first stop but it was worth the wait. Be sure to bring your appetite. You will get a history lesson of the French Quarter. Take lots of pictures. Denise is an excellent guide.
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Anniversary Photo Shoot
Lisa_D, Jul 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot
We had a fantastic time taking our pictures for our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the French Quarter. Loved the different scenery and ideas for photo opportunities! Looking forward to seeing our actual pictures!
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Great tour! Great food!
David_H, Jul 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Our tour guide, Jack, was friendly, funny, and knowledgeable about the French Quarter. He also gave us tons of ideas of what to do while in New Orleans. By the way, the food was great!
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Great tour
Marian_M, Jul 2022
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Me and my family enjoyed enjoyed the New Orleans City Tour, Garden District, French Quarter and Cemetery tours. I would recommend it to family and friends.
star-5
Terrific walking tour!
David_I, Jul 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Laurent was an awesome tour guide. Having a real Frenchman as your guide thru the French quarter was an unexpected treat. He was funny, took the time to answer questions we had thoroughly and was very well informed about the history of New Orleans. Also, being a chef, his knowledge of food was outstanding as well. Well worth it!
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Professional tour guide
Liberty_S, Jun 2022
New Orleans Taste of the French Quarter walking Food Tour Du jour
Glad to see the French quarter with guide on this walking food tour. Tish our guide not only explain food history, she included history of old buildings too. Thank you for the experience.
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Our guide was fantastic....
Louise_B, Jul 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our guide was fantastic. She knew so much about the history of the French Quarter. She had great energy and seemed grateful to share her love of New Orleans with us.
star-5
Awesome Tour for Foodies!
Lisa_C, Jul 2022
Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl
Jack was our guide and it was hands down the best Foodie tour we've ever been on. So much more than we expected... we discovered all kinds of French Quarter gems because of this tour. The cocktails we tasted were delicious and the food was outstanding. Would do again...highly recommend!
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Totally worth it
Tami_T, Feb 2022
French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans
This was really great! Coty was our guide. He was very knowledgeable & has a great booming voice so everyone could hear. He was a great storyteller & kept everyone engaged. He was late (about 15 minutes), though he did text & let us know. We did the day tour & were able to stop for beverages which was great because we were on a birthday trip with a large group. It was definitely worthwhile to get a different view of the French Quarter.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.

  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

  • Much of the French Quarter is wheelchair accessible, although some historic buildings and attractions may not be. Just watch out for cracked or narrow sidewalks.

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How to Get There

The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

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When to Get There

New Orleans is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, the weather is typically hot and humid throughout the summer months. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

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History Runs Deep in the French Quarter

It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market; the quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history; and Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for A Streetcar Named Desire. Meanwhile, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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French Quarter
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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